If you’d met me five years ago, I would’ve told you that life sucked. I’d just returned from a trip to Sierra Leone, which had completely changed my view of the world.
I’d spent my years prior to this working as a web designer. My life consisted of shopping, drinking, partying – and not much else. Although it seemed like ‘the normal’ thing to do, I felt empty inside. Something was missing.
Meaning. A purpose.
I had an inkling that I was meant to do something great while I was here, but I didn’t know what it was. At the very least, I knew I wanted my life to mean something. I wanted to make a difference for the women and girls I’d met across Africa, and I wanted the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself.
So I began to look. I went hunting for opportunities to ‘make a difference’ – and at every turn, I got stopped. Was any charity interested in anything more than just my credit card? If I did fundraise how would I know where my money went?
Was I responsible for creating change or was I just another name in a long list of replaceable donors?
How about volunteering? Could I do something meaningful there? Perhaps – but I felt boxed. I had so much energy and enthusiasm, and the idea of stuffing mail into envelopes to ‘make a difference’ just didn’t appeal to me.
I wanted more. I wanted to be surrounded by a tribe of passionate people who were out to make a serious difference in the world. Changemakers. Revolutionaries. I wanted to be part of something bigger than myself. I wanted to be challenged. I wanted to use my skills and talents to make a difference. I wanted to engage my community in something and that I cared about AND most importantly I wanted to know that the actions I were taking were having a real impact.
So when I co-founded One Girl, I knew that this would be at the core of everything we do.
And that’s why we now offer people the opportunity to become Ambassadors for One Girl.
“There are millions of people out there looking for an opportunity to give back and make a serious difference in the world. So let’s get them together in the same room, and give them the tools to do it.”
We launched our Ambassador opportunity last year, and what happened shocked us.
We saw our Ambassadors start projects that inspired their community.
Nina, a mum and absolutely go-getter, inspired her entire Camberwell community to get involved – she raised over $20,000 and the lives of more than 60 girls.
We had 84 amazing ambassadors get their school dress on, and they raised enough money to give almost 400 girls access to education. Their faces and stories were plastered across the media and more than 4.6 million people saw their stories and were inspired by what they did. They gave talks, ran movie screenings, created art exhibitions and some even started new businesses where the profits support girls in the developing world.
This is what’s possible when you give connected, powerful people the tools they need to change the world.
And now, we want more.
This year, we’re looking for 100 self-motivated and extraordinary people to take stand for the 60 million girls around the world who aren’t in school.
People with a desire to lead, to give their life meaning and who know that they can really shake up their communities. If you’ve got what it takes to be an Ambassador, you’ll be willing to push yourself out of your comfort zone, wear a school dress, be willing to appear in the media and connect with a powerful tribe of thought leaders and action takers.
Our Ambassadors are the driving force behind the One Girl movement, and it’s their actions that give us the opportunity to educate thousands of girls, and get us one step closer to our 1 million girl goal.
If this sounds like you, then please check out our Ambassador page and apply. We look forward to meeting you ☺